Sketch 101: Create your first designs

Plus, it is a great way for you to learn to draw people and work in a spontaneous manner. As you cannot expect your friends to stand still for you all the time. Because of this, you can create more gestural drawings and learn how to capture someone very quickly. All you need is a sketchbook and a pencil or a pen, and you’re good to go. Sketchbooks are a must for any artist that wishes to learn and improve their sketching skills.

You may try to go into a 3D world, learn perspective, add some motion, and suddenly it turns out you don’t really know how to draw a glass. How many circles can be put between both centers in the original? For the first time, it’s best to print the original and draw the other circles physically.

Lesson 1: How to Sketch

Drawing animal fur can be tricky if you’ve never done it before. It’s best to use free flowing lines that are loosely and lightly drawn. To do that, adjust your grip on the pencil so that your hand is relaxed instead of tense. If your hand usually gets tired after you’ve drawn for less than an hour, you’re probably gripping it too tightly. When you enjoy something it will naturally become a habit as you will see out opportunities to draw. When you’re learning how to draw, it’s also worth considering using mechanical pencils alongside traditional ones.

To improve your drawing and sketching skills, it’s important to go over a few methods and techniques that I highly recommend you learn as a beginner. Many people think that drawing curly hair is more difficult than sketching straight hair, but it doesn’t have to be. With a few simple tips from Painting Creativity, you can learn to draw curly hair that looks realistic and stylish. For instance, an important thing to remember is that curly hair is not a mass of spirals but made up of many small, individual curls.

Woodless Graphite Pencil(s)

Technical Pens and Drawing Pens are great for precise lines and strokes. Most drawing pens already come with permanent or waterproof pigment. They come in all sorts of colors nowadays, so you can totally play around with what is sketching them. The perspective technique is a drawing method that creates the illusion of depth on a two-dimensional surface. By using vanishing points and horizon lines, you can give your drawings a sense of space and distance.

how to start sketching

You can create emphasis in different ways, playing with proportions, level of details and colour. I have a whole post on why thumbnail sketching is important and how to do it here. This can be a quick way to decide on your layout and composition if you are in a rush or you are getting a bit stuck with how to frame your subject. I hope this inspires you to get out and sketch and that you love this form of art as much as I do. For more information on how to actually scan and edit your artwork in order to share it, you can check out my post here or my video here on Youtube.